Thebu Kola Sambola- A Sri Lankan Diabetic Friendly Recipe
Thebu Kola Sambola- A Sri Lankan Diabetic Friendly Recipe

Thebu Kola also known as Costus Speciosus is commonly found in most areas of Sri Lanka. Parts of this plant are widely used in Ayurveda medicine. I’ve heard that the leaves of this plant are good for those on diabetic diet due to its ability of lowering the level of blood sugar. However, as of many other Sri Lankan houses, even in my home, this plant was treated as a beautiful plant in the garden.

Thebu Kola - A Sri Lankan Diabetic Friendly Plant
Thebu Kola
Although I’ve heard the benefits, I never got a chance to eat it. Recently I heard from my mother that she makes sambola because it is good for blood sugar. In early this year we visited Sri Lanka and that time my mother in law prepared this Thebu sambola for lunch and as always I operated my camera before eating 🙂

I thought of sharing this recipe because it is one of the Sri Lankan healthy diabetic recipes and of course you can eat it even if you are not a diabetic patient. Yes, I am not with blood sugar problems either!

The taste was good and there is a bit bitter taste which is bearable. If you like Gotukola, then you’ll definitely like this taste. It is common in Sri Lankan cooking that we mix sambola using hand. And of course, to get the real Sri Lankan taste, you need to mix sambola using hand not just mix with a spoon. But for this Thebu Kola sambola , don’t mix it too much then it will be more bitter. Mix it slightly using hand and don’t forget to use fresh grated coconut from a newly opened coconut.
Thebu Kola Sambola- A Sri Lankan Diabetic Friendly Recipe
Slice Thebu Leaves for a sambola

Below is the simple and easy Sri Lankan Diabetic friendly recipe with Thebu leaves. I didn’t prepare this salad/sambola. But I tasted it and liked it much thanks to my MIL. Hope this post will be beneficial for those on diabetic diet and also for those who likes to have healthy food.

Ingredients (for 2-3 servings)

Handful of  Thebu leaves(Costus speciosus)
1 cup fresh grated coconut
2-3 small red onion/shallots sliced
2 green chili sliced
Salt to taste
1 tbspn lime juice

Wash and clean Thebu leaves.
Slice Thebu leaves into very thin pieces.
Slice onion and green chili.

In a bowl, mix sliced Thebu leaves, onion, green chili,coconut and salt together with lime juice.
Thebu kola sambola is ready to serve.

Mix all ingredients just before serving. Then the sambola will be fresh and tasty.


If you try this recipe, please leave me a comment. I’d love to know your thoughts on this recipe.
Have you tried this leaves before or still treat as a beautiful plant to beautify home?